Codes of Recommendation / Practice
In order to secure a high level of welfare in livestock and other animals, various codes of recommendation and practice have been issued on the Authority of the Scottish Parliament pursuant to section 37 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. In April, 2012 the Cattle, Laying Hens, Pigs and Sheep Codes of Recommendations were revised to take account of legislative changes. They are now called Codes of Practice.
* In paragraph 35 of the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Equidae the sycamore tree has been listed as a safe tree suitable for use in horse paddocks. Following a study, published in the Equine Veterinary Journal in June 2013, it was identified that toxins from the seeds of a sycamore tree were linked to Atypical Myopathy and therefore poisonous to horses.
Please see the link below to the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) press release which includes a link to the original papers. https://www.beva.org.uk/news-and-events/news/view/438
The British Horse Society Scotland issued advice in relation to Atypical Myopathy - http://www.bhsscotland.org.uk/uploads/5/4/5/3/5453271/atypical_myopathy.pdf
** For enquiries on this topic, please contact Animal Health Disease Prevention Branch, or your local Animal Health Divisional Office.
Animal Welfare Guidance
Animal Welfare Guidance is produced by Scottish Ministers pursant to section 38 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 for the purpose of securing the welfare of protected animals.